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Google and Intertrust launch PatentShield to protect startups from patent lawsuits

One of the biggest hurdles you can run into when starting a company is the issue of patents. Often larger companies don't like the competition whether or not they actually have a patent on your technology. There's right and wrong, but independent of the merit of a case brought against you, it doesn't matter if you can't defend yourself. Now Google and Intertrust are launching a new service called PatentShield that provides startups with access to a patent portfolio from contributing companies like Google, giving them a means of defending patent-based attacks with their own.

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Lawsuit filed against Google and Huawei over Nexus 6P early shutdown issue and bootlooping

According to a press release from the law firm Chimicles & Tikellis, a class action lawsuit was filed against Google and Huawei at a federal court in the Eastern District of Texas last Friday. The full complaint text can be found here.

The complaint alleges two defects with the Nexus 6P smartphone. The first, that the phone may experience bootlooping, the second, severe and premature battery drain (also known as the early shutdown issue). We reported late last week - on the day of the filing, apparently - that the issue was being investigated for a potential class action by this same firm.

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Big Trouble in Little Korea: Qualcomm responds to Apple lawsuit with their own claims

Some of you may remember the suit Apple brought against Qualcomm back in January. In it Apple alleged that Qualcomm was withholding around $1 billion from Apple in retaliation for their cooperation with Korean authorities during an anti-trust investigation (another similar suit in the US with the FTC is ongoing) in addition to failing to adhere to FRAND licensing (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory). Well, Qualcomm's had some time to think about it.

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[Update: Confirmed, G5, V20, and Nexus 5X added] Attorneys behind LG bootloop lawsuit seek to add more phones to claim

 

It looks like LG can't catch a break. Hot on the heels of our news about the G4 and V10, it looks like the attorneys in that suit may be doing research into other potentially affected devices, including the G5, V20, and Nexus 5X.

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[Frozen Assets] LG's G4 and V10 bootloop problems result in a class-action lawsuit

LG's bootloop problems have become the butt of the joke online over the past few months. While Samsung was busy cooling down the fire of its Note7 fiasco, LG was getting heat over its freezing LG G4 and V10, among other devices (like the Nexus 5 and 5X). Many reports were surfacing of these phones getting stuck in a bootloop vicious circle, turning on and off, not properly booting, and leaving the owners without any recourse but to ask for a replacement unit... if they were still under warranty.

Now these owners are seeking their day in court thanks to a new class-action lawsuit filed to the California federal court.

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Samsung now faces class action lawsuits in US and South Korea over Note7 debacle

Though Samsung's Note7 is now officially off shelves, the headaches are not yet over. Beyond the continued, embarrassing efforts to keep the phones off of planes and the expected loss of over $3 billion, Samsung will now be dealing with legal troubles related to the Note7 as well. Consumers in the United States and South Korea have just announced their intent to file class action lawsuits.

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BlackBerry files two patent infringement lawsuits against BLU

BlackBerry's phone sales have been on the decline for years, and its switch to Android may have been too little too late. The company's first Android phone, the PRIV, has not made a significant impact on the market. BlackBerry CEO John Chen made an unusual and potentially troubling statement on the company's May earnings call. He said he was in "patent licensing mode." That means lawsuits, and one of the first targets is budget phone maker BLU.

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Lawsuit reveals Silent Circle's Blackphone business is a complete and utter mess

Court documents sifted through by Forbes writer Thomas Fox-Brewster have revealed that Silent Circle, the company behind the secure Blackphone and Blackphone 2 Android-based smartphones, is in huge trouble. The company is facing a $5 million lawsuit from the former owners of Geeksphone over unpaid debts, but that's just the outer layer of skin on this particularly pungent drama onion.

Letters in those documents allege, admittedly without direct evidence, that Silent Circle's Blackphone unit is essentially a menagerie of poor business decisions, over-optimism, and mismanagement. After partnering with Geeksphone on the original Blackphone, Silent Circle eventually bought out the Spanish smartphone maker's stake in their joint venture for $30 million.

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Google And Microsoft Call A Truce, End Patent Lawsuits Over Motorola Mobility

After years of fighting in the courtroom, Google and Microsoft have decided that enough is enough. In a joint statement, the two tech giants announced that they have reached a settlement and are ending the 20 or so lawsuits underway in the US and Germany.

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AT&T Files Lawsuit Against Former Employees For Allegedly Giving Third Party Company The Ability To Carrier Unlock Phones

We like to (deservedly) give AT&T a lot of grief around here, but it looks like they have a case in their latest lawsuit. According to the legal documentation, AT&T has evidence of several employees having engaged in a scheme to illegally obtain unlock codes for AT&T customers that were still under contract. Why would they do that? Well, the lawsuit alleges they were taking money from Swift Unlocks, a web-based company that charges a small fee to unlock people's carrier smartphones.

The nearly-defunct two-year contract model that all carriers once used was built on the premise of making top smartphones more affordable up front.

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